Change can scare people. The fear of the unknown – of discomfort – can force a person to drop everything and turn back to what they know. But sometimes you don’t have a choice. Sometimes a person must change

Anna Grace Galloway dreads change. She thrives on the consistency that life can offer. She also knows how fast life can take a turn.

The summer before she went to college, Galloway knew things were about to change. Still, she wanted to embrace the change. Her life, up until this point, was consistent.

And then it was not.

She got a call from her mom right before her babysitting job ended that afternoon. She still remembers what her mom said.

“It’s nothing you need to worry about, but I need to tell you something. Come straight home after work, “Galloway’s mom said.

Galloway walked up the old, cement steps of her house, opened the old, squeaky door and walked in her kitchen to see both her parents at the table. Her mom was crying.

“We’re losing the house,” her mom said.

Galloway covered her mouth with her hands. She did not know what to say.

She just kept thinking, “But this is our house.”

The comfort of her home would soon end. To some people, a house is just a house. But to Galloway, this house held 16 years of memories.

Sixteen years of playing pretend with her two sisters, of pop tarts on Christmas mornings and of five lifetimes worth of laughter. Galloway did not know where else she could call her own.

Then, one week later, she moved in to her college dorm room at the University of South Carolina. A time in a person’s life that should excite them, but Galloway caught herself dwelling on what she had lost.

The next weekend, she came home for the last time – walked up those old, cement steps and opened that old, squeaky door – and helped her family move out of her childhood home.

Galloway went back to school, an unfamiliar place, and came back to her family in a house she did not recognize, another unfamiliar place. She did not feel at home in her dorm room, and she did not feel at home in this new house.

Still, Galloway knew she needed to accept that her life had changed. She wanted to find the positive in her family’s situation. She wanted to embrace her college experience.

But little did Galloway know that the next four years of her life would bring even more change.

During her freshman year, Galloway wanted to abandon her journalism major for music education.

She auditioned for the music school. She got in. She even earned a scholarship, but Galloway knew she could not do music.

Galloway started singing before she could remember. Music comes naturally to her. Music makes her feel comfortable.

Journalism scares her. It sparks an interest in Galloway, but it provides no comfort. If Galloways stayed on the journalism track, that meant more change.

So, she stayed.

Galloway wanted to embrace this change. If she kept searching for things that made her feel comfortable, she knew she could never grow.

She clung to that mindset throughout college. Galloway started to welcome change.

Galloway still dreads change. But now, she knows good can come from it.

Once, change scared her, but not anymore.